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Photo Essay of UCLA Scrimmage

Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N

Everyone has already done a tremendous job providing their impressions of the scrimmage, and there definitely appears to be a consensus as to what did and did not work for the Bruins at Drake.  For those that weren't able to make it, here are some photos to give an idea of what the afternoon was like.  (As per the information provided in an earlier post, I've done my best to eliminate shots which showed any formations.)

Norm Chow had a keen eye on Ricky Marvray.  Marvray saw a lot of action in the game and while he didn't make any catches in the scrimmage, he was very active.

marvray

More after the jump.

If you were making a kid's book about football and asked the illustrator to draw a giant defensive lineman who was a force of nature unto himself, it would look like Brian Price:

bprice1

 

Norm Chow offers Brian Price a meal coupon (do they still have those?) in exchange for taking it easy on his offense.  As it turned out, Price would not oblige:

price_chow

 

The entire team simulates the experience of trying to block Price:

curlup

 

I know the athletic department doesn't want us showing any pictures of formations, but I thought it was only fair to warn SDSU about our new 4 QB, multiball offense we're implementing this season.  It's going to revolutionize the game!

fourplay

 

Christian Ramirez looked good in 1 on 0 drills:

ramirez_catch

 

However once Ramirez met the first team defense, it was another story:

ramirez_down

 

Here's a scene that Bruins fans became all too familiar with last year.  The QB (in this case Prince) is under immediate pressure...

prince_sack

 

and floats the ball to a wide open....defender (Moore)

int

 

who takes the ball to the house

mooreforsix

 

But things looked better when they handed the ball to Johnathan Franklin (this sequence is all from the same carry):

franklin1

 

franklin2

 

franklin4

 

franklin5b

 

franklin5

 

Milton Knox is the kind of guy who can hide in a crowd.  Want proof?  He has the ball in this photo.  Try to find him.

knoxinhiding

 

For a little guy, Milton Knox has great forward lean:

knoxlean

 

Damien Thigpen was quick to hit the holes:

thigpen

 

Jerry Johnson makes the catch while another Jerry looks on:

jjohnson

 

Overall, it was a rough day for the WRs.  This time it was Randall Carroll who found himself on the ground without a football.

carroll_down

 

The TEs looked great, however.  Here's Ryan Moya and the art of the stiff arm:

moya_stiffarm

 

As noted in other posts, the defensive secondary was grabbing and holding a lot.  I like the aggression, but they'll have to clean that up.

defholding

 

handsy

handsy2

 

This was pretty representative of what the return game was like.  Coverage guys off balance and reaching while a returner (Viney here) runs free.  If you're an optimist, it means we have gamebreakers on special teams:

tdreturnviney

 

This picture does show the Bruins in formation, so if you need to remove it, I understand.  But I just wanted to illustrate how amazing it was to watch UCLA football with Royce and Powell in the background.

campus_wide

 

Overall, it was great to see that there are some playmakers emerging on this team.  As we all know, there are going to be some growing pains with this team.  But at least at means there's growth ahead.

 

Go Bruins!

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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